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9081  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 08, 2008, 05:38:04 PM
Well, realize that paying for that 3-day early access gives you a total of 10 days for $5, so it's not as if you're paying more than the portion of a regular month's subscription. 
9082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Toronto area game programmer wannabes here? on: May 08, 2008, 05:36:25 PM
I'm a programmer and my sister is in Toronto...does that count?  slywink 
9083  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: May 08, 2008, 05:21:18 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 08, 2008, 12:40:12 PM

Does the one month free thing only work for new customers? I'm not new to Netflix, but I haven't subbed since around January. Godzilla Blitz sent me an invite for the 1 free month, but Netflix seemed to recognize that I was a previous customer and said no go.

Those free-month (or 2-week) things are only for new customers.  You may be able to trick their system by signing up with a different email address (I did that for the free trial of GameFly a couple times) or it may use your actual address in the check in which case you just need to move and change your name.  slywink
9084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 02:48:06 PM
It looks like we will get to try out the racing and see for ourselves.  A demo should be up on XBox Live right now and PS3 later today.  Too bad I have to go to work...

Also, what is with these companies releasing demos right after GTA4?  If it were me I would wait at least a couple weeks. 
9085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge anyone? on: May 08, 2008, 05:55:49 AM
Visuals look good, gameplay is going to make or break it though.  I'd much rather just have a third person camera to give me real body awareness. 
9086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman (PS2) or Chase Hollywood Stunt Driver - should I bother? on: May 08, 2008, 05:47:12 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 08, 2008, 01:43:15 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 08, 2008, 01:30:20 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2008, 02:59:22 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 07, 2008, 02:52:29 PM

I would argue that Stuntman is a poor indicator of how much you'll like Stuntman Ignition.  From what I remember, there were some fairly hefty loading times for retries in the first one, and the stunts were very unforgiving.  Ignition removes the loading times, and the stunts are more forgiving.  I didn't like Stuntman, but loved Ignition.

OK, well, if I think that I would like it with easier stunts and shorter loading times, I will get Stuntman 2 smile

He's talking about Stuntman: Ignition on the Xbox 360, not Stuntman 2. 

I think we're talking about the same thing.

Yeah, I guess so.  For some reason I was thinking that there was actually a Stuntman 2 released like a year after the first, but I can find no record of it.  Weird.
9087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 08, 2008, 05:42:49 AM

Quote from: Jubei on May 08, 2008, 04:45:17 AM

GTA IV won because everyone actually wanted it.
Everyone bought Halo3 because thats all they saw anyone playing on the xbl dashboard......well i did anyways.
Still dont get why they say halo is a story driven game, i didnt get it at all.

And also because GTA4 was on two platforms...
9088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 08, 2008, 05:41:59 AM
I had to laugh tonight when after I went drinking with Roman I tried to hail a cab and instead of doing the whistle and wave thing Niko yelled out in a slurred accent: "Taxi caaaab!"  "Yellow car!" as he stumbled around and fell down.  That just struck me as really funny, for some reason. 

I've finally gotten the second safehouse unlocked and a few missions beyond, but the game is still not really grabbing me.  Here I am, a huge fan of open-world games and I have to talk myself into playing the biggest release of the year.  What the hell?
9089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 08, 2008, 01:31:36 AM
I had an Amazon gift card so I ordered it through there.  I'll give impressions after I get it next week or whatever (free shipping). 
9090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman (PS2) or Chase Hollywood Stunt Driver - should I bother? on: May 08, 2008, 01:30:20 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2008, 02:59:22 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 07, 2008, 02:52:29 PM

I would argue that Stuntman is a poor indicator of how much you'll like Stuntman Ignition.  From what I remember, there were some fairly hefty loading times for retries in the first one, and the stunts were very unforgiving.  Ignition removes the loading times, and the stunts are more forgiving.  I didn't like Stuntman, but loved Ignition.

OK, well, if I think that I would like it with easier stunts and shorter loading times, I will get Stuntman 2 smile

He's talking about Stuntman: Ignition on the Xbox 360, not Stuntman 2. 
9091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 and PS3] The Bourne Conspiracy Demo Available... on: May 08, 2008, 01:09:50 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 07, 2008, 05:13:32 PM

The button-pushing sequences are all over this game, by the way.  If you hate their recent prevelance in games, you'll be extremely frustrated.

Ugh.  I hate that shit.  frown 

I'm sure I will try the demo eventually, but hearing that (as well as poor driving and mediocre fighting) doesn't really excite me. 
9092  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 08, 2008, 12:58:47 AM
There is an interesting interview with the Product Director from Funcom over at MMORPG.com.  Of course there is the usual bit of PR bullshit in the replies, but also some honesty on the part of performance, memory leaks, etc. 
9093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman (PS2) or Chase Hollywood Stunt Driver - should I bother? on: May 07, 2008, 02:47:14 AM

Quote from: Cleric7 on May 06, 2008, 05:35:37 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 06, 2008, 04:31:29 PM

Stuntman Ignition on the 360 was one of my favorite games of the past year.  It's still "repeat until you get it" driving, but when you fail and retry, there's virtually no loading time at all, which takes a lot of the sting out of retries.  Plus, the levels are so over the top and awesome, it's still fun even going back and retrying many times to max your score.  Highly, highly recommended if you have a 360.
Agreed.
A tremendous game. And tremendously underappreciated.

Absolutely.  I know the topic was asking about the last-gen games, but it's worth repeating that Stuntman on the 360 freaking rocks. 

I played Chase on the original XBox and I enjoyed it.  Certainly not the best game ever, but it entertained me for the cheap used price. 
9094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bill Harris (Dubious Quality) & Rockband: Time for an Intervention? on: May 06, 2008, 01:31:20 AM
I don't really read them any more, but at least they are better than the "tweaking parameters for the sprorts game of the month" posts.  I fail to have sympathy for people who buy the same game every year and bitch how broken it is.  
9095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 05, 2008, 10:00:40 PM
I think the 3-day early program is for any preorder to help offset launch-day madness.  You have to pay $5 to start early, but you get a total of 10 days out of it (3 early, 7 added onto the end of your subscription) so I see no reason not to do it. 
9096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 05, 2008, 09:36:52 PM
So for all of you guys that are absolutely in love with GTA4 have you played the other open-world games of this generation to any extent?  I'm talking about Saints Row, Crackdown, Just Cause, etc.  To me, and I've played them all for many hours, I don't see GTA4 as doing anything that is really revolutionary.  I played all the previous GTA games on PC so I was used to a decent aiming system, and I don't think the cover system is implemented all that well here. 

Don't get me wrong, I think the game is good and has many nice touches, but I don't see where the extreme excitement comes from. 
9097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 05, 2008, 08:21:19 PM
I'd like to pick up Boom Blox, but between GTA4, the Conan beta (and impending release) and my renewed interest in LOTRO I just don't think I'd have time to play it anyway.  
9098  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Fileplanet beta screenshots (NDA dropped for it) on: May 04, 2008, 06:18:35 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on May 04, 2008, 06:00:20 PM

Quote from: skystride on May 04, 2008, 04:28:27 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on May 04, 2008, 04:18:14 PM

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Even with all the sliders during character creation, all the female models basically look the same (especially the face).  Actually pretty much 90% of the female NPCs used to look the same until recently so I guess they are still working on it.

Sorry, but I disagree. My two female chars look very different from each other and also different from Blackjack's Splendoria. My Necro girl is kinda chubby and I giggle every time I see her run, so no, not all females look the same.

Can you post a pic?  I was talking mostly about facial model.  If you look past the hair color and style the faces are very similar despite having a million Tiger Woods Golfish sliders.

Heh, I have no idea how to host pictures, never did smile

Well, if you have the screenshot you can start a post, hit the Preview button, click on Additional Options and then use the Attach picture thing to upload it to the server here.  Alternately you could host it somewhere else and then link to it inside img tags.
9099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 04, 2008, 03:02:46 AM

Quote from: naednek on May 03, 2008, 11:49:54 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 03, 2008, 01:34:48 AM

The link worked but not the original.  Either way, I'll vote for Daehawk this time.

You fail again.  The person who posts on the next page, has to post pictures of random hot chicks.

I'm sorry, what was that?   slywink
9100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OMG Indiana Jones Trailer 2 -- I'M IN LOVE on: May 03, 2008, 11:11:13 PM
I still think some of the effects shots look pretty weak and fake.  That's unacceptable for a movie of this caliber in today's world. 

I'll still watch it an enjoy it, though.
9101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Makes two dozen lubricated balloon animals!...OR.... on: May 03, 2008, 10:17:44 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on May 03, 2008, 06:12:13 PM

Tempting.

As it turns out, I only have a dozen condoms that I don't need.   What I originally took for two boxes of a dozen condoms each turned out to be one box of a dozen condoms and a...umm... vibrating ring of some sort that my understanding is that I'm supposed to wear.

I might keep that one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb-Kh1oJSGE

Any cock'll doo!  (man, Mr Show was awesome)
9102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 03, 2008, 10:13:48 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on May 03, 2008, 05:02:52 AM

That's seven pics


Byrns


Were you saying Boo or Boo-urns? 
9103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 03, 2008, 10:10:42 PM
Yeah, I guess it wouldn't surprise me that the Open Beta is a slightly older version since things in the closed beta seem pretty good to me.  Certainly not perfect but not doom and gloom.  There are some looong load times between areas and hitching when first caching things, but it seemed to perform pretty well with everything cranked up at 1680x1050 on my work system (Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, dual GeForce 7950 GX2). 

The worries I have relate more to overall content design than to performance and stability.  I'm wondering how many times you would really want to go through the low-end content.  For a game like WoW, the many different starting areas means that you can play every race up to 20 and hardly do any of the same quests or see the same areas.  Here it seems like the early levels may be the grind to get to the later stuff, and who really wants to do the same thing when they start an alt of a new race/class?  I haven't played enough to know that for a fact, I'm just guessing from what I've seen. 

Having said that, from my experience so far I have no qualms about keeping my preorder.  Despite any problems and crashes, I was just plain having fun in the game.  Combat seems like a refreshing change without being crazy-different (for melee, at least), the graphics are great, there are lots of quality voice-overs and it seems like a well-made world.  So what I'm saying is, don't completely give up hope. 

The ironic thing is that in the last couple weeks I've actually been pulled back into Lord of the Rings Online.  My subscription for that continues into June, so I may keep playing it and save the rest of Conan until launch.
9104  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 03, 2008, 06:09:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 03, 2008, 04:29:26 PM

OK, I'm debating whether or not it's worth cancelling my Gamestop pre-order for the regular edition to get the CE from somewhere else.  as far as I can tell the only benefits will be the in-game ring and cape as I'll still get the mammoth mount.

Yeah, the ring and cape in-game as well as the making-of DVD material (which is what I go for, really), the leather map (meh), soundtrack CD (meh), and art book (look through it once) as well as the five free guest passes which are normally in both editions but seem to be exclusive.  Oh, and the "Hand-finished, metal-embossed oversized collector's box with inlay page and individually numbered holographic sticker"...that's what really sold me on it. slywink
9105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 03, 2008, 02:32:34 AM
I haven't played the game, but can anyone explain to me why this wheel is good and the wheels that came with the early Ubisoft games weren't?  Seems like the same thing to me. 
9106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Origin just shot up to the "A" list. on: May 03, 2008, 01:56:43 AM
I'd much rather they just make a sequel to Shogo than a sequel to FEAR with a mini-mech in it (or any sequel to FEAR, really). 
9107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's the NEXT Big Game? on: May 03, 2008, 01:54:07 AM
The next big games from my perspective (depending on release dates) are Mercenaries 2 and Fable 2.

I understand there are many people waiting for MGS and Ninja Gaiden 2, but I couldn't care less about those games personally.
9108  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 03, 2008, 01:51:32 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on May 03, 2008, 12:23:03 AM

The game won't even patch for me. I've tried disabling my firewall to reinstalling but nothing is working. It just locks up during the early patch process.

Pass.

It's typical Funcom trash.

Not sure if you're in the closed beta or IGN open beta, but I know the closed servers have been taken down for a few hours (as it says in the patcher when you start it) since they collected the data that they needed for the first phase of the test and will be restarting them sometime around 2200 GMT. 
9109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is a bit of green mold bad for you? on: May 03, 2008, 01:44:00 AM
I'd guess the worst you will get will just be the queasy feeling that an overactive mind will make you feel and that's about it. 
9110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Makes two dozen lubricated balloon animals!...OR.... on: May 03, 2008, 01:41:42 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 03, 2008, 01:08:15 AM

See if you can donate them to planned parenthood or something like that.

A good idea, but I'm guessing they wouldn't take them for fear of tampering and whatnot.  

Quote from: The Grue on May 03, 2008, 01:38:28 AM

I am trying to figure out why men buy women lingerie as presents (and for Mother's Day?).  The gift is obviously for the man.  She should be buying you that (for Father's Day?).

We would call that "Who's Your Daddy" Day.  slywink
9111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 03, 2008, 01:34:48 AM
The link worked but not the original.  Either way, I'll vote for Daehawk this time.

Random hot girl (Alexis Thorpe):

9112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I totally caved in... on: May 02, 2008, 10:14:22 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 02, 2008, 03:08:10 PM

Well that sounds about right on track for the Montreal airport, even for the Maple Leaf lounge. Was your experience by chance followed up by having your flight delayed because a bilingual crew was available for your flight to an English-only speaking destination.
You just gotta love the Montreal airport.  icon_twisted

I think you've been smoking too many ass-fish.   smoke
9113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who needs fiberoptic? on: May 02, 2008, 03:44:52 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 02, 2008, 03:27:31 AM

I get 10 meg down but only 1 meg up. Why cant we get matching down/up speeds?

Because then people would use their home connections for hosting services.
9114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 02, 2008, 03:43:25 AM

Quote from: Arclight on May 02, 2008, 02:09:52 AM

So this is still set to be on shelves by the end of May? So the gold candidate would be sent off for duplication say around the middle of the month?

Does that leave enough time to really change anything of significance?

Reading the IGN boards sure leaves you thinking that this game is along way from ready.

The game has already gone gold, but obviously with an online game there is easy oportunity for downloaded updates.  I would hope that at this point most changes would be tweaks/balance and server-side adjustments for performance.
9115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who needs fiberoptic? on: May 02, 2008, 01:14:16 AM
So who's your cable company?  I'm assuming it's not Comcast.  frown
9116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 02, 2008, 12:46:43 AM
Heh, as a former Technical Beta member I have been invited to the full Closed Beta.  No level restrictions for me, baby!  (and NDA is only in effect for level 13+ content)
9117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 01, 2008, 02:38:55 AM
There's no need to include the gif in the quote every time.
9118  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: May 01, 2008, 12:35:29 AM

Quote from: Azhag on April 30, 2008, 11:11:58 PM

I've had no problems with netflix. I still consistently send something out on monday and get the next one back wednesday.

The "getting something" isn't the problem, it's that the something is 10 deep into my queue and not a new release. 
9119  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: April 29, 2008, 05:51:49 AM
I'm not sure that they do full month trials, but I know you can get 2 weeks free.  I can email that to you if you'd like.
9120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Class Poll on: April 29, 2008, 03:52:44 AM
I'll likely play some sort of fighter first and experiment with whatever they call rogues and rangers. 
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